It is probably clear that I don’t make a regular practice of recirculating comments from others here. But sometimes I make an exception, and I will do so for this very good interview with Noam Chomsky on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now. I do not have much to add. I just want to circulate it a little more widely.
If you are celebrating Easter or Passover, may I recommend that you make part of your practice writing to your elected representatives about creating an election that is not rigged this fall? If these ancient rituals are about hope, and if we do not desire toxic hope with false positive thinking—then maybe this could be part of a way forward. It is hard for me to be optimistic as I watch my beloved home state outrageously cheat and steal, but still I’m not prepared to entirely give up on the possibility of halfway fair elections at least in some places.
As I wrote to my elected representatives, and as Chomsky fleshes out with powerful arguments, I do not think it exaggerates to say that what we do—for better and for worse— to ensure a fair election this fall may be a turning point in U.S. history or even world history.
Today the whole world is watching Wisconsin with fear and disgust, because it is currently on the front line of a battle in which Republicans are skewing honest representation—with outrageous gerrymandering and suppression of votes from non-Republicans, and with unusually flagrant and virulent racism. But course this is not the only place where there is gerrymandering and voter suppression, and it will not be the only place where coronavirus can be a pretext to make it worse. There still is time for many states and localities, and conceivably for people in Congress, to adjust in ways that make them more like role models as opposed to cynical hypocrites and thugs. For the future of our children and the survival of a system that teeters on the edge of losing the rule of law entirely, I want to push toward the more hopeful outcome.
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